About World Spine Day
World Spine Day, held on 16 October, is an annual health initiative aiming to encourage good spinal health habits.
First held in 2008, World Spine Day is organised by the World Federation of Chiropractic, of which the ACA is the Australian member. Over 600 official organisations worldwide support this initiative each year.
World Spine Day aims to encourage people to look after their spines and stay active through the promotion of physical activity, good posture, responsible lifting and healthy working conditions.
Every Spine Counts
This year’s theme ‘Every Spine Counts’ pays attention to the global burden of spinal disorders and the diverse set of challenges they present across the globe in all regions, cultures, and backgrounds. ‘Every Spine Counts’ also addresses the need for increased worldwide access to quality spinal health services, especially in impoverished communities.
World Spine Day also calls upon international governments to acknowledge that unfortunately, in many parts of the world there is no access to quality spinal care, resources, and rehabilitation in under-served communities – which often results in chronicity and permanent deformity.
This year, World Spine Day will aim to focus on highlighting the ways in which people can ultimately help their spines by adopting a variety of healthy habits including staying mobile via physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and posture, not overloading their spines, and avoiding bad habits such as excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and vaping.
Stretching and performing spinal exercises can help improve spinal health and the way the body functions. Consisting of a set of simple exercises and taking just three minutes to complete, our Straighten Up initiative can help improve posture, stabilise core muscle groups, enhance health and prevent spinal disability.
Designed to act as your ‘Pocket Chiropractor’, this app aims to address the growing posture issues and back pain problems faced by Australians.
Some of the features of the app include setting reminders to receive notifications about sitting right, stretching, taking breaks and improving your posture. The app also includes a 3-minute exercise program designed to improve spinal health, stabilise core muscle groups and more. The app also shows a list of local ACA chiropractors to help you find a chiropractor near you.
Download the NEW Straighten Up app today.
Just Start Walking
The Department of Health recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week, however 56% of all Australians are not sufficiently physically active.
Walking can help increase heart and lung fitness, muscle strength and endurance and contributes to a naturally upright posture.
The Just Start Walking initiative is designed to prompt people around Australia to, quite simply, just start walking.
Download the Just Start Walking app today.
Find a Chiro
This campaign is particularly important for chiropractors and other health professionals as it calls for a greater global commitment to tackling spinal pain and disability by governments, communities, and public health bodies worldwide.
Visiting an ACA chiropractor is key in helping Australians to improve their spinal health this World Spine Day.
They can provide you with advice and assistance, as well as tailored and appropriate care to help improve your strength, flexibility, balance and overall wellbeing.
To find an ACA chiropractor near you, visit findachiro.org.auFind a Chiro